Ethiopian rebels seize the regional capital
Islam News – Eight months after the Ethiopian Army attacked the region of Tigray, the civil war has taken a turn: Tigrayan fighters are retaking control of the regional capital, Mekelle. Residents celebrated in the streets. Here are the latest updates.
The rebel forces have indicated they have little appetite for a truce. Senior rebel members said they would continue to fight and were ready to pursue Eritrean forces, who have joined the Ethiopian troops, on their territory.
The dramatic turnaround was a blow to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who launched an offensive last November that he promised would be over in the span of weeks. The war now looks as if it could drag on, after eight months of violence in which Eritrean troops have been accused of atrocities.
The war began with Tigrayan forces clearly on the defensive. Yet the rebels have managed to regroup. In addition, the invasion and human rights abuses have driven large numbers of recruits into the group’s arms.
Almost two million people have been displaced from their homes. The region is facing a long list of crises including lack of water and education, and a famine in which millions face hunger.
Source: The New York Times